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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Patched
68. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Patched Oct 21, 2010, 14:59 JoeNapalm
 
Verno wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 13:28:
The tone, characterizaton, pacing and quest variety is more like Fallout 2. Fallout 3 had very bland characters with boring quests that the player couldn't give less than a shit about for the most part. Where Fallout 3 excelled was the reward for exploration, there was shit everywhere and a lot of it had very vague backstory but you could sort of fill in there.

You guys probably aren't very far if all you're seeing is outposts so just stick with it, at least until Novac. Things start to pick up there.

I gotta say, New Vegas has done one thing FO3 never managed...and I am not far along.

In the starting town, one of the powder gangers ambushed me when I was initially just running around after doing the Gecko tutorial BS. Sort of a "Oh, hey, what's this little red indicator on my HUD mea*BOOM!*" moment - I was in motion, so I wasn't badly hurt, and took out the Ganger without much trouble. As I moved over to search the corpse, I saw the dead body of that girl you save from the Geckos.

At moment, I actually said, out loud "Alright, you fuckers - it is on." I know it was just a random event - nothing scripted - but it made the world seem more real that the Gangers killed that helpless, limping chick who gave me some clean water.

I wasn't out to kick Powder Ganger ass because I'm supposed to be the 'good guy' and the game gave me a quest. I'm out to slaughter those bastards (and have done so to the point of auto-failing the 'I Fought The Law' quest due to stomping the @$%^ out of the NCRCF without first looking for a quest giver or something).

I never had any emotional attachment to FO3 - nuke Megaton, don't nuke Megaton...it came down to am I supposed to be a good guy or not (frankly, if I hadn't known that the annoying store keeper just gets ghouled, I'd have been tempted, anyway).

So, maybe it's just me...but seems NV has something that works better for me than FO3 did. (Despite being a buggy POS...thanks Bethesda and Obsidian, you incompetent gits.)

*shrug*

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News Comments > Fallout: New Vegas Patched
51. Re: Fallout: New Vegas Patched Oct 21, 2010, 10:13 JoeNapalm
 
Quicksilver wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 09:55:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 09:48:
Quicksilver wrote on Oct 21, 2010, 09:43:
The best fix I ever found for Fallout was in the advanced video settings (through the launcher) in the water tab, turn multisampling to low. My Fallout games used to crash every 20-30 minutes until I turned that off.

Saw this post previously - wanted to say thanks, I switched that in the other FO3 game - worked like a charm.

no problem, i googled for weeks before I found that fix, stopped playing FO3 for a while because of the crashes. Haven't seen it posted widely. So spread the word!

The GFX auto-detect set my resolution to 800x600, then cranked up all of the stupid water effects to maximum. First thing I did was crank the resolution up to 1600x1200 and shut off or reduce water effects as far as possible.

End result: I have suffered one CTD in about 9hrs of play. My frame rate is smooth, though every five or six seconds the entire game pauses for a half-tick (very annoying). (Have considered shutting off auto-save - may be unrelated but in general auto-save screws up poorly written games.)

Considering that I have yet to actually SEE any water (it is in a desert, after all) I think it's a fair trade off.

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PS - With this final straw, Beth and Obsidian (I really SHOULD have known better with those names in the mix) have entered the category of devs who's games I'll pick up on Steam sales after the users have fixed the damn code. Lazy ass incompetent code makes me angry.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Interview
2. Re: The Witcher 2 Interview Oct 19, 2010, 14:52 JoeNapalm
 
Techie714 © wrote on Oct 19, 2010, 13:38:
The Witcher & Fallout are by far my two favorite RPG IP's. I cant wait for the next game. These guys have done so much for the PC Gaming community it's not even funny.

Every time someone says this, I feel like a bad person because I can't stay interested in The Witcher long enough to get past that first town.

Maybe I need a bigger hard drive. I keep uninstalling it to make room for other stuff...like Fallout.

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News Comments > Metal Brigade Tactics Demo
7. Re: Metal Brigade Tactics Demo Oct 8, 2010, 15:36 JoeNapalm
 
space captain wrote on Oct 8, 2010, 14:45:
reminds me of the Crescent Hawk Inception

I think I just had an actual flashback.

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News Comments > Metal Brigade Tactics Demo
3. Re: Metal Brigade Tactics Demo Oct 8, 2010, 13:20 JoeNapalm
 

Now that is a plan I can support.

*Grin*

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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Oct 8, 2010, 11:08 JoeNapalm
 
Breaking news! LinuxPlanet says Linux is awesome!

Seriously, that article is sad. I'm a fan of Linux, but that article?

"We have SuperTux and Scorched Earth!"

Sad.

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News Comments > Metal Brigade Tactics Demo
1. Re: Metal Brigade Tactics Demo Oct 8, 2010, 10:53 JoeNapalm
 
Looking at this, while interesting, just makes me want a good MechWarrior game.

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News Comments > Icewind Dale Complete on GOG.com
24. Re: Icewind Dale Complete on GOG.com Oct 7, 2010, 15:03 JoeNapalm
 
Armengar wrote on Oct 7, 2010, 03:45:
IWD was a bit weak IMHO but then again at the time I was thirsting for more after PST and BG

Plus I remember salivating at a proper DND game to rival EotB but looking at it now the DND2 ruleset is fecking nasty, how on earth did I memorise all that crap? (although I still remember leveling a paladin to level 9 on EotB to be sorely disappointed that they hadnt programmed in the spells )


I think D&D follows an inverse of the Star Trek curse...in this case, only odd-numbered editions are any good.

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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Oct 6, 2010, 17:55 JoeNapalm
 
derelict koan wrote on Oct 6, 2010, 16:52:
I also endorse Cutters ideas about breeding permits.

There should be a test.

If you score a certain number of points...you can have a goldfish.

A few more, rodents.

A few more than that, you can own a cat.

If you score 100%, a dog.

If you get all of that, and all the extra credit questions right...a kid.

For additional children, you have to take another test...and so do your existing kids.


Of course, we'd get out-bred by every other nation on earth, but IQs would go up by a lot in the meantime.

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News Comments > On Game Prices & Inflation
16. Re: On Game Prices & Inflation Oct 6, 2010, 13:24 JoeNapalm
 
Verno wrote on Oct 6, 2010, 13:02:
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 6, 2010, 12:45:

Actually I was referring to this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX6XMIldkRU

Americans typically aren't taught history outside of their own country, they probably won't know who that is


There. Fixed.


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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 6, 2010, 11:01 JoeNapalm
 
"Serenity", eh? I don't care if it was 0dB...I wouldn't buy a system from them.

I had a Puget Sound custom box for about a week, a few years ago - ended up sending it back for a full refund and building my own.

They sent me the wrong box of components - so I had all the wrong adapters and software - which they refused to fix. This, however, was the least of my worries.

The real problems were much more catastrophic. They partially cut some of the wiring while trimming cable ties, causing intermittent fan failures on the radiator (you know...the main point of heat dissipation on a water-cooled system?), and completely failed to run coolant to several of the waterblocks, leaving the RAM, Northbridge, etc, without any cooling whatsoever.

Actually had to argue with them over why this was bad. I eventually did get my money back - less a ton on shipping for a rather heavy water-cooled system. While I guess I am partially to blame (for thinking I could have someone else build a system for me, for a change), it was not a pleasant customer experience.

I do NOT recommend.

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News Comments > Pre-Alpha Miner Wars on Sale
13. Re: Pre-Alpha Miner Wars on Sale Oct 6, 2010, 10:46 JoeNapalm
 
kxmode wrote on Oct 5, 2010, 16:49:
Could they be the miners?
Sure, they're like three years old.
MINERS, not MINORS.
You lost me.


"Did you guys ever watch the show?"


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News Comments > On Metacritic Scores
29. Re: filter like a lead sheet Oct 6, 2010, 09:45 JoeNapalm
 
space captain wrote on Oct 5, 2010, 07:19:
scores are for people that cant acquire useful information by actually reading others observations and opinions

Some people just want to be told a simple "BUY/DON'T BUY"...heck, I have a friend who wants me to tell him what computer to buy, that way.

I think MetaCritic is useful for what it is - an aggregator of opinions. On their own, MetaCritic, Previews, and Reviews themselves are pretty useless...Previews are usually pipe-dreams (I don't even bother reading most of them, anymore, they're like campaign promises), Reviews are rarely unbiased, and forums are full of vitriol.

I check all of these if I'm researching a game, though - you can get a feel for what review sites are relatively trustworthy, what forum posters share your tastes, etc...and then form your own opinion.


That's too much work for most people...which is why MetaCritic scores are color-coded for people who are too lazy to even read the bloody numbers.

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News Comments > More Duke Nukem Forever Footage
23. Re: More Duke Nukem Forever Footage Oct 5, 2010, 15:57 JoeNapalm
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 5, 2010, 15:35:
AngryMax wrote on Oct 5, 2010, 15:32:
Better have jetpacks, shrinker, freeze gun, and a pc release with sick multiplayer. Or fuck you and yours.

+ Laser trip mines and mini dukes.

Yeah, but then what would they put in the pre-order, Collector's Edition, and 76 DLCs?!

MADNESS!!!

This POS will either continue to be vaporware for years to come, or be kicked out the door in a state that makes Diakatana look like Deus Ex.


The King is dead. Long live REAL PC games.


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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Oct 5, 2010, 13:47 JoeNapalm
 
nin wrote on Oct 5, 2010, 11:21:
Minecraft Halloween update plans…


Note to self: figure out how to make lanterns quickly...

Yeah. And LOTS of them.

Just had a thought...what if they're made of iron?

Dig! Dig faster!


[EDIT] This game is exactly the kind of thing that gives me hope for the future of PC gaming. Even if all the big AAA studios go console, this and M&B are examples of ONE DUDE making a game that is inexplicably fun.

I normally think that people are WAY to excited to beta test for free, and these are two games that I paid for the Alpha - because they're simply good games.

This update looks great. Thanks, Notch![/EDIT]

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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Interview
11. Re: The Witcher 2 Interview Oct 5, 2010, 10:44 JoeNapalm
 

Once again, based on you guys, I've re-downloaded all 15GB and played through the first chapter. Again.

It isn't thrilling me, but I'm going to stick to it until, at the very least, I get a fair way in - I only made it to the first village (after the starting castle) on my first two tries to get into it...so I'm going to give it a fair shake.

But only cause of you guys. *Grin*

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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Interview
7. Re: The Witcher 2 Interview Oct 4, 2010, 17:02 JoeNapalm
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 4, 2010, 16:07:
Steele Johnson wrote on Oct 4, 2010, 16:02:
The first game is one of the most overrated games out there.

Care to elaborate? It has a great original atmosphere, good dialog, a system of choices that isn't Evil vs. Good, and a simple yet engaging combat system.

Of course it also has dice.

I can't speak for him, but I've tried a few times to get into it...and it's never held my attention.

And I love RPGs. Especially those with dice.

I keep seeing The Witcher in my Steam library and thinking I probably should play it...something wrong, there. Not saying it was bad - but a good game generally makes me want to play it.

I'll probably give it a third try, soon...but I've already uninstalled it twice.

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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in December
8. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in December Oct 4, 2010, 12:41 JoeNapalm
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 4, 2010, 12:23:
If you were ever hooked on World of Warcrack you will cave and buy this. I know I've been jonsing to play a worgen hunter for the longest time.


I'll not listen to your poison words, Grima Wormtongue!

You cannot pass, Hate of the Old Night!

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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Oct 4, 2010, 12:34 JoeNapalm
 
This is a faulty argument. (Fallacy of the Beard to be exact.)

Just because there are bigger tools in the world doesn't mean that Kotick isn't a huge tool.

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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Sep 21, 2010, 10:04 JoeNapalm
 
Genesys wrote on Sep 20, 2010, 22:35:
I am SciFi, but I am not Syfy.

"Syfy" makes me see red.

(Or, more accurately, it triggers spontaneous Tourette's Syndrome.)

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